Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Suwannee River Visitor Center
Suwannee River Visitor Center
Located at the Hwy. 441 bridge in Fargo, about 18 miles from Stephen C. Foster State Park.
125 Suwannee River Drive, Fargo, GA 31631
Visitor Center is temporarily closed.
  Public boat ramp
Picnic tables
Educational exhibits and film
Nearby canoe/kayak outfitters

Located west of the famed Okefenokee Swamp and backed by Spanish-moss draped trees, the Suwannee River Visitor Center overlooks a bend in the black-water river where people can fish and launch boats. Inside, visitors learn that tannic acid displayproduced by decaying vegetation is what gives the river its tea color, and that unlike other reptiles, mother alligators actively care for their babies.

Animal displays include a black bear, bobcat, fox squirrel, otter, snakes, fish and numerous birds, including an endangered wood stork. A short film takes visitors on a leisurely trip through the river and swamp, highlighting flowers, insects, misty morning fog and the many creatures that call the waters home. The center also includes exhibits on the timber industry, local history and energy efficiency.

The Suwannee River Visitor Center is operated by Stephen C. Foster State Park, the western gateway to the Okefenokee Swamp. For more information, call 912-637-5274 or visit

  display 10-minute, high definition, surround sound film
Mounted animals (black bear, bobcat, fox squirrel, otter, snakes, fish and birds, including an endangered wood stork)
Swamp and river histor
Timber industry
Local history
Interactive exhibits

  Camping and cottages at Stephen C. Foster State Park.
Additional cottages at the adjacent Suwannee River Eco-Lodge

  green building Composting toilets use no water and solar fans for ventilation
Insulation made from recycled newsprint treated to be fire retardant
Parking lot made from porous concrete to reduce storm water runoff
Decking made from recycled plastic
Retaining wall made from recycled electrical cable and automobile dashboards
Carpet and ceiling tiles made from recycled materials
Natural lighting
High-efficiency heating and air conditioning unit
70% of all building materials from local sources
30% of all materials have recycled content
77% construction waste was recycled

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